New Mercedes-Benz C-Class India Debut Ahead Of Its May 10 Launch

The fifth-generation C-Class will be available with a new 1.5-liter petrol engine and two 2.0-liter diesel engines.

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the new C-Class in India in advance of its May 10, 2022, launch. Now in its fifth generation, the new C-Class debuted early last year, growing in size and technology over its predecessor. Bookings for the new C-Class have already begun, with Mercedes having recently begun local assembly at its Chakan plant outside Pune.

The C-Class continues Mercedes’ family design language, which was introduced with the new S-Class and facelifted E-Class. The cabin design, which features a portrait-style central touchscreen, high-set central air-conditioning vents, and a free-standing digital instrument cluster, is also heavily inspired by the new S. The new C-Class has a 25-millimeter longer wheelbase than its predecessor, and Mercedes claims that this has resulted in a 21-millimeter increase in cabin space. The C-Class will be available in three interior colours – Macchiato beige, Sienna Brown, and Black – and will feature either open-pore wood trim with aluminium inserts or metal weave trim, depending on the variant.

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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz C-Class

However, it is the technology that will capture buyers’ attention. The C-Class comes standard with an 11.9-inch central touchscreen that runs Mercedes’ latest MBUX system, which includes connected technology and a voice assistant. As with the S-Class, the unit is highly customizable. Additionally, the system includes a biometric scanner, allowing users to save their unique profiles on board with a simple fingerprint scan. This includes everything from customised data access to configuring the C 300d’s speakers for a customised listening experience. Mercedes Digital Lights headlamps are also standard on the C 300d, as they are on the new S-Class.

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Additionally, there is dual-zone climate control, a rear centre armrest, powered front seats, power adjustable steering, a panoramic sunroof, and a front wireless phone charger.

 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Moving on to the engines, the new C-class is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 201 bhp between 5800-6100 rpm and 300 Nm of peak torque between 1800-4000 rpm. The diesel engine is a well-known 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit available in two tunes. It produces 197 bhp at 3600 rpm and 440 Nm of torque between 1800-2800 rpm in the C 220d, but 261 bhp at 4200 rpm and 550 Nm between 1800-2200 rpm in the C 300d. Additionally, all three engines feature mild hybrid technology and an integrated started generator that adds 20 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque during hard acceleration.

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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Across the range, a 9-speed automatic transmission is standard. Mercedes claims that the C 200 and C 220d both accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 7.3 seconds, while the C 300d accelerates in 5.7 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz is offering the C-Class in six exterior colours: Salatine Grey, Mojave Silver, High-tech Silver, Manufactur Opalite White, Cavansite Blue, and Obsidian Black. The C 200 and C 200d will be available in all six colours, while the C 300d will only be available in the final three.

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